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Rom. 5: prepares us for Rom. 8: in this, that it speaks of a salvation not only
through the death of Christ, but "by His life", which truth finds it echo in the glorious
words of Rom. 8: 34: "Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, Who is even at
the right hand of God, Who also maketh intercession for us."
There is a descending scale in the description of sinners in Rom. 5: 6-10 that is
instructive. Four titles are used, two being negative, saying what men are not, or have
not, and two being positive, expressing what they are in nature and practice:--
\ WITHOUT strength.--To save self.
/ Ungodly.--To serve God.
\ Sinners.--by nature.
/ Enemies.--In practice.
For all men, in all their needs, without making any distinctions, Christ died. Their
justification is in His blood, their salvation by His death and risen life, their reconciliation
through the death of God's Son.
It is here that the transition between Rom. 1:-4: and Rom. 5: 12 - 8: is effected.
We pass on from the justification and forgiveness of sinners and ungodly to the
reconciliation of enemies and the victory over sin and death.
This must be our theme when next we deal with this wonderful epistle.
The reconciliation received (5: 1-11).
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We must now give our attention to the teaching of Rom. 5: on the subject of
reconciliation, and as a preface to the study we must obtain a scriptural understanding of
(1) the meaning of the different words translated "reconciliation"; and (2) the
associations of the doctrine of reconciliation. The following Greek words enter into the
make-up of the word considered: katallasso, apokatallasso, katallage, allasso and allos.
The root of the word is allos, which means "other", and indicates a change. Allasso is
translated "change", as follows:--
"Change the customs" (Acts 6: 14).
"Changed the glory" (Rom. 1: 23).
"We shall be changed" (I Cor. 15: 51, 52).
As can be seen by the three examples given, the word indicates a change of a very
radical kind. The change from law to grace was profound; the changing of the glory of